migraine and headachesMigraine is more than just a headache, one of the most common neurological conditions in the developed world. It can be a debilitating condition, which has a considerable impact on the quality of life of sufferers and their families. Stress, noise and diet are among the triggers, which can initiate the onset of a migraine headache. Symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, extreme incapacitating pain, visual images such as flashes and sensitivity to outside stimuli including light, sound and smells. By stimulating acupuncture points, the body prompts the nervous system to release endorphins (which are chemically related to morphine) and other natural chemicals that relieve pain. There is a concept in Traditional Medicine, which maintains that all types of pain, including the severe pain of migraine headaches, result from blood stagnation in the meridians. Acupuncture treatment can promote Chi flow, blood circulation, and open meridians to relieve the symptoms. With increased cerebral circulation, the afflicted region obtains sufficient blood supply, oxygen and nutrition. Treating symptoms at the earliest possible opportunity increases the strength of positive results. It usually takes three to five treatments to see a significant improvement; herbal formulas are also used to treat the underlying causes of the attacks. Acupuncture is not only effective for migraine headaches, but also works very well with tension headaches, cluster headaches, post traumatic headaches and high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. The greatest advantage of acupuncture over Western Medicine is that it does virtually no harm and no side effects.